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Study + Internship | Paris

France | American Business School, Paris | Spring 2023
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Select Your Program Option:

  • Fall 2023

  • Spring 2023

Overview

Spend a semester or academic year in the iconic city of Paris, France with AIFS! Choose from a variety of course options at the American Business School of Paris (ABSParis), a renowned international business school with students from over 80 different countries. The multicultural campus, located in the heart of cosmopolitan Paris, prepares students for today’s global economy. Spring semester students have the ability to earn credit for a 2-month unpaid internship.

What’s Included

The AIFS inclusive program fee includes all of the great features below in addition to many pre-departure, on-site and upon-return services to help students make the most of their time abroad.

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  • Tuition

    Up to 24 semester credits depending on program and course selection

  • Courses

    Wide variety of courses available; taught in English

  • Housing

    Parisian homestay

  • Meals

    Daily breakfast plus one meal a week in the homestay

  • Excursions & Day Trips

    Such as visits to the Palace of Versailles, Monet’s garden in Giverny and the Château of Vaux-le-Vicomte

  • Cultural & Social Activities

    Visits to museums and monuments, theater, ballet, concerts, walking tours and a boat ride

  • On-Site Resident Director

    to help with any questions or advice you may need throughout the program

  • Health & Safety

    24/7 emergency support and comprehensive insurance

  • Personal/Professional Development

    Access to the renowned Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment and alumni network

  • Green Initiative

Additional Options & Opportunities

  • AIFS Flight Package

    Round-trip flights from 25 U.S. gateways

    Airport transfers to and from campus

  • Excursions

    Normandy and Brittany (2 days)

  • Housing Supplement

    Homestay single room

Program Details: Study + Internship | Paris Multi Discipline/Multiple Career Fields

Program is closed

Dates

January 19, 2023July 28, 2023

Term

Spring

Application Deadline

September 23, 2022

Inclusive Fees

$24,495

Stay for a year to save on cost

Eligibility

Open to First Year, Sophomore, Junior, Senior College Students

Minimum of 2.8 GPA

Additional requirements may vary by course selection. See Academic section below.

Visa Requirements

A visa may be required for this program. Please contact your advisor or log into your portal for more information.

Areas of Interest

  • Accounting
  • Area Studies
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Business
  • Business Administration
  • Communications
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • English
  • Fashion
  • Fashion Design
  • Fashion Merchandising
  • Finance
  • Fine Arts
  • Fitness and Recreation
  • Foreign Language
  • French Language
  • International Business
  • International Relations
  • Internship
  • Italian Language
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Literature
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics
  • Multidisciplinary
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Statistics
  • Theater Studies

Global Themes

  • Business, Innovation & Social Entrepreneurship
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Academics

AIFS Abroad offers a unique global educational experience for students on this program, with the following academic options available:

The American Business School of Paris (ABSParis) welcomes students from over 80 different countries. It allows students to make friends from around the world in the kind of multicultural business relations context they will experience in their future careers. ABSParis aims to prepare students for today’s global economy. The Bachelor of Business Administration degree is accredited in the U.S. by the International Accreditation Council for Business Education and is also recognized in France through its certification by the French government. ABSParis is a member of AACSB International. All courses are taught in English.

  • Accounting
  • Area Studies
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Business
  • Business Administration
  • Communications
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • English
  • Fashion
  • Fashion Design
  • Fashion Merchandising
  • Finance
  • Fine Arts
  • Fitness and Recreation
  • Foreign Language
  • French Language
  • International Business
  • International Relations
  • Internship
  • Italian Language
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Literature
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics
  • Multidisciplinary
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Statistics
  • Theater Studies

The program is designed primarily for those wishing to take business courses, but a wide range of general education/humanities courses are also offered each semester. Students choose up to five 3-credit courses from an extensive list of courses offered. French language study is not required, but for those who wish to begin or improve their French, courses are offered from Elementary through Advanced level. The appropriate level is determined by a placement test taken online prior to departure from the U.S. 

Due to the international nature of ABSParis students will be studying with peers from all over the world providing a unique opportunity to broaden their professional and social networks. The teaching is interactive with group work, case studies, corporate visits, guest lectures and continuous assessment, providing an American academic experience in the heart of Paris. 

The minimum semester course load is 12 credits and the maximum course load is 15 credits.

This program offers students a unique opportunity to earn credit for a 2-month unpaid internship in Paris after completing the International Business and Humanities program in the spring. Students will take up to five courses in the spring semester alongside two mandatory career development courses – FREN290 Business French (1) and BUSI390 Company Case Challenge (2). During the semester, to develop their understanding of French professional life and develop opportunities for their internships, students will also be required to attend Career Management Development workshops, an individual coaching session with the ABSParis Head of Career Development, networking conferences and corporate lectures. After the semester ends, students will work full time in an internship placement for 2 months earning an additional 6 credits – 4 for BUSI220 Internship and 2 for BUSI222 which involves 2 hours of tutoring and an internship report. 

Internships are available in business development, hospitality, marketing, retail management and tourism. Students must have at least an Intermediate level of French language or take the FREN110 Elementary French course during the spring semester to be eligible for the Internship program. They will also need to provide a résumé detailing their work experience and participate in an online interview prior to acceptance to the program.

The program is designed primarily for those wishing to take business courses, but a wide range of general education/humanities courses are also offered each semester. Students choose up to five 3-credit courses from an extensive list of courses offered. French language study is not required, but for those who wish to begin or improve their French, courses are offered from Elementary through Advanced level. The appropriate level is determined by a placement test taken online prior to departure from the U.S. 

Due to the international nature of ABSParis students will be studying with peers from all over the world providing a unique opportunity to broaden their professional and social networks. The teaching is interactive with group work, case studies, corporate visits, guest lectures and continuous assessment, providing an American academic experience in the heart of Paris. 

The minimum semester course load is 12 credits and the maximum course load is 15 credits.

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Living Abroad

Homestay

The best way to learn French, gain a unique and personal insight into French culture and integrate into the local community.

  • Double room
  • Shared bathroom
  • Breakfast every day plus one meal a week
  • Access to kitchen in the evening to prepare dinner
  • Single room supplement for the International Business and Humanities Program ($500 for Spring 2023; TBA for Fall 2023 and beyond)
  • Single room supplement for the Internship Program ($500 for Spring 2023; TBA for Spring 2024)

Students are invited to various group meals

Internet access is included in all AIFS housing in Paris

Please note that full year students are responsible for their own housing during the intersession break.

TRANSPORTATION

All students should expect to use the Paris public transport system on a daily basis. The Paris Metro system is one of the most efficient underground train systems in the world. Generally students can expect to commute 30 to 45 minutes between home and the location of their classes, this is normal in Paris.

Food

Paris is famous for its restaurants and haute cuisine, food meticulously prepared and artfully presented. Thanks to immigration, every French regional cuisine and almost every national cuisine in the world can be found in Paris; the city has more than 9,000 restaurants. In addition to restaurants, the café concept arrived in Paris in the 17th century. Since then, Parisian cafés have been considered centers for the city’s political and cultural life.

Fashion

Since the 19th century, Paris has competed for the title of Fashion Capital of the World, particularly when it comes to haute couture, clothing hand-made for special clients. Some of the largest fashion houses and designers call Paris home including Dior, Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld, and Christian Lacroix. The city also plays hosts to two Fashion Weeks, held in January and July. 

Architecture

The city owes its style to its aligned street-fronts, distinctive cream-grey “Paris stone” building decoration, aligned top-floor balconies, and tree-lined boulevards. Amazingly, Paris has never been destroyed by catastrophe or war and has preserved even its earliest history, including many famous landmarks and buildings. Parisian architecture is best highlighted in the city’s churches (Basilica of Sacré-Cœur, Saint Chapelle, La Madeleine, Notre Dame Cathedral), Palais Garnier Opera House, Louvre Pyramid and Eiffel Tower.

AIFS in Paris Resident Director, Academic Year and Semester Programs

Danica Debizet headshot.

Danica Debizet

Bonjour! “Hello” in French, one of the four languages I am fluent in, along with English, German and Slovak. You have quite the experience awaiting you in Paris; from the cultural activities offered, the number of museums to visit and the various people you’ll meet, it is sure to be an amazing time.

I studied for three separate MA degrees in Paris and Grenoble and have lived in four different countries. I consider myself a “global citizen” and am looking forward to helping you to adjust to your time abroad. As your Resident Director, I am here to advise, listen, help and encourage you to make your stay in Paris a wonderful experience that you will always remember.

My office is located right in the heart of the city and my door is always open.

The Resident Director provides academic advice, introduces you to the community and handles communication with the University.

In addition to excursions a cultural calendar of weekly activities and social events is included in your program fee. These activities will include both typical tourist sites and attractions and lesser-known visits which take advantage of the expert knowledge of our local AIFS staff and give you a more authentic and insightful view of French life. Typical activities, tours and visits may include:

  • Monet’s garden in Giverny
  • The beautiful Château of Vaux-le-Vicomte
  • Walking tour of Montmartre district
  • Marmottan – Monet Museum
  • Rodin Museum
  • Holocaust Museum
  • Orangerie Museum
  • Picasso Museum
  • Paris Opera House
  • Paris Mosque
  • Edith Piaf Museum
  • Attending a ballet performance
  • Classical concerts and theater performances

You may be asked to pay a small supplementary fee for some events.

Wine appreciation and cooking courses are also available for an extra fee.

AIFS can help you to arrange local volunteer opportunities with organizations such as Les Restos du Coeur where volunteer students distribute food parcels and hot meals to homeless people in Paris; Emmaüs which develops literacy programs and provides leisure activities for disadvantaged children in Paris; Secours Populaire a charity which provides access to health facilities, education and food for those in need. 

For more information contact the AIFS Program Advisor. 

Excursions

This program offers a range of day trips and excursions that will take you outside Paris and deepen your social, historical, and cultural understanding of France. Previous excursions have included:

Palace of Versailles.

Palace of Versailles

Tour the magnificent and historically significant Palace of Versailles. Includes entrance fees.

  • France
  • Half Day
  • Included in Program Fee
Normandy, France.

Normandy and Brittany

Visit the Peace Memorial, several D-Day sites, St. Malo and Mont Saint-Michel. Includes round-trip transportation, accommodations, breakfast and all entrance fees.

  • France
  • 2 Days
  • Not Included in Program Fee
Barcelona,Spain
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A view of Prague.

Social identity & access

One of the best things you can do before departure is enter into the journey knowing that your time abroad will be unique to this experience. The resources, community, and support available to you when abroad will likely be different as well. In order to help you prepare for your experience, we have compiled many resources about social identity and access in specific locations abroad. Your program staff will also provide you with more details pre-departure and during orientation.

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Important Dates & Deadlines

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Dates & Deadlines

Details

  • Early Application Deadline*
  • Application Deadline
    September 23, 2022
  • Deposit Deadline
    October 14, 2022
  • Scholarship Deadline
    October 1, 2022
  • Optional Departure Flight from US***
    January 18, 2023
  • Program Begins
    January 19, 2023
  • Program Ends
    July 28, 2023
  • Optional Return Flight to US***
    July 29, 2023
  • *** Included for students on AIFS flight package.

Optional Flight Package

Students can select an optional transportation package for all AIFS programs. Students who choose to book their own flights should meet up with group at the program location and will need to make their own ground transportation arrangements.

Below are fees by departure city based on average historical costs and subject to change. If you select this option on your application, the total flight package price will be confirmed in your account 6 months prior to departure. (Program fee is guaranteed.)

Depature City

Fee

  • Atlanta
    $1,940.00
  • Boston
    $1,900.00
  • Buffalo
    $1,940.00
  • Charlotte
    $2,000.00
  • Chicago
    $2,080.00
  • Cincinnati
    $1,980.00
  • Columbus
    $2,000.00
  • Dallas
    $2,120.00
  • Denver
    $2,160.00
  • Des Moines
    $2,080.00
  • Detroit
    $2,020.00
  • Houston
    $2,080.00
  • Los Angeles
    $1,980.00
  • Miami
    $2,000.00
  • Minneapolis
    $2,140.00
  • New York
    $1,880.00
  • Newark
    $1,880.00
  • Orlando
    $2,040.00
  • Philadelphia
    $1,980.00
  • Phoenix
    $2,120.00
  • Pittsburgh
    $2,040.00
  • Raleigh/Durham
    $2,040.00
  • San Francisco
    $2,100.00
  • Seattle
    $2,120.00
  • St. Louis
    $2,100.00
  • Washington/Dulles
    $1,960.00
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For more dates or questions, contact your program consultant:
(203) 399-5163 or email: aifsabroad@aifs.com